When you're a freshman, you do what you can just to get on the field. That's the attitude adopted by MSU freshman pitcher Ben Bracewell, who last night posted his third save of the year in the Bulldogs' 9-8 win over Georgia.
Following the game, he signed a few autographs and, despite a bag of ice being taped to his throwing elbow, Bracewell tossed the balls back over the dugout to his young admirers. Hey, he still had plenty left in his arm.
"I really enjoy the closing role," Bracewell said. "It's kind of one of those deals where I know I don't have to save anything, because I've only got one or two innings, so I can just go out there and lay it all out in one inning."
Bracewell was a star at Briarwood Christian School in Chelsea, Ala., where he was a starting pitcher for four years. He was a Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger All-American as a senior for his mound prowess.
Against Georgia, Bracewell worked one inning, but it was adventuresome. He yielded a leadoff single, got an out, then walked two batters. He struck out six-hole hitter Colby May and induced a comebacker by hulking DH Chase Davidson to end the game.
"He wanted the baseball," MSU coach John Cohen said, "and he had enough to get it done for us tonight."
• BULLDOGS READY TO HIT: Day 3 of spring football practice is set for this morning. I stayed in town overnight and will be out there to watch the first day of work in full pads. It's set to start at 10 a.m., and it's open to Bulldog Club members, current MSU students, and the media.
It's a beautiful day, so it's a fine time to come out to watch that as well as the 2 p.m. baseball game.
• ON THE LINKS: Here is my story from today's Daily Journal on MSU hiring an Atlanta search firm to lead the hiring effort of a new athletics director. … Alexis Rack says her Lady Bulldogs, who play Florida State on Sunday in the Sweet 16, are the real deal. … FSU, though, has become a national power, writes the Tallahassee Democrat.